Friday, September 12, 2014

getting ready to go...

no pics.. no time!  just a quick check in.  getting ready to scoot off to Ohio with my daughter Jen and girlfriend Jan.  we'll be staying with my dear friend Kelly at her beautiful home.  Another sweet friend Marlene (mizz bee) is meeting us there and staying with us too. 
we wont get there til 8:00 tonight.   
then tomorrow..  its the Country Living Fair... I know there will be so much awesome stuff there.. cant wait to see it all..   looks like a perfect weather... kind of cool and sunny. 
I will be meeting up with our bloggy friend Debbie Messner from  cozy blanket blog!  and also with Valerie Weberpal from Earth Angels. 
Its going to be a good time and will fly by fast.  We'll be leaving there at 6:00 am sunday morning to come back cause Jen has to be at church to direct her choir.   
thats fine, it'll give me the day to dig out my halloween stuff!
Okeedokie..   gotta run!
I'll check back in soon as I can!
toodles bloggy pies!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

halloween crown tutorial

See, I told ya I'd do a couple halloween tutorials.  Heres the first!  A halloween crown.  There are great to put around the base of your halloween tree... if you have one..   and they can be made any size you like.  Im thinking that one of my skeletons may wear this one this year.  or a bear..  I dont know yet.  I really only made it so that I could show you guys how because Lynn at the weinnee ranch  asked me how!    So here you go:
First gather up all your supplies.. what ever goodies you want to use for your crown,  bits and bobs.  pictures and stickers.. trims and treats...  etc!    YOu'll need  2 coordinating pieces of heavy scrapbook paper and a wide ribbon.  Hot glue and I always use fabri tac glue.

 First thing, cut both pieces of scrap paper in half and then one of those halves in half again. 

  then glue the smaller halves, (which are really quarters now.. lol!)  onto each side of the bigger piece, to make a long strip.

   make sure both the front and back pieces are the same length.  You can trim them to be sure. 

 Next make a crown pattern.  I used a unfolded brown paper bag.

 You can do this next part two different ways, You can precut your crown pieces using the crown pattern and then glue the the front and back together with the ribbon sandwhiched between them at the bottom, or you can glue the ribbon in, glue the pieces together and then trace and cut out the pattern.
 I did it the second way.  

 Either way be sure to leave enough ribbon out at each end so that you will be able to try a nice bow to "close" your  crown.

 Next, its all about embellishing and finishing your crown.  you can do what ever you want to it, but this is what I did.  I used black tulle, cut into strips, scrunched up and glued onto the top back side of the crown. 

  this way you get a pretty little ruffle on the front!

 Next, I made like a "center piece" for it.  you can cut something out or used something store bought.. anything goes!

 I love these crow and skull embellishments I found at micheals.

 You can add as much or as little as you want to your crown. I finished off the bottom with some halloween paper garland stuff and black roses!

 Then I traced along the top edge of the crown with black glittery stickles.   

let it dry and then... Tah Da!  all done!
Easy Peasy!  simple simon!  if you make one let me know and post it so I can see.  this one is very simple and takes very little time, but you can get as elaborate as you want.  I want to make another one out of chicken wire soon...   when I get a chance.  
have fun bloggy pies!
Im hanging in my craftroom all weekend.. gifts to make,  bear orders to work on and fun to be had! lol!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

teatime chatter

 I just made this awesome tomato tart last night.  It was so yummy.. just want to share the recipe with you.. Cause youre going to want to make this!   Its the Pioneer womans tomato tart recipe.  heres the link:  
I bought a package of mixed color grape sized tomatos at wegmans, but Im sure even with regular ol' cherry tomatos it would be delishous.  

IN the bee department...   the bee guy, called Spiderman came yesterday afternoon.   (what a cutie he is!.. Im just say'n)  anyways, they were in fact honey bees..   and I say were because they have gone away on their own.  He said that sometimes they are just passing through looking for a place to stay and luckily they did not stay here.  there still are a ton of dead ones upstairs.  Im going to wait another day or so and then go up and vacuum them up.  there were still a couple live ones up there yesterday and I think I shall just wait. Im so glad they went away on their own.   now hubby just needs to fill in the hole they were using with some expandable foam.  soon...  before anymore visitors come!  lol!

So what else is new??   bears  bears and more bears.  Im finishing up another order of bears this week and then starting the big order for Jane! this weekend will be devoted to bear making...  and then next weekend I'm going away to OHio to stay with my friend Kelly and go to the county living fair!  so looking forward to that.  I went with some friends in 2009 and havent been since.  I was thinking it was just 3 years ago, but went into the flickr archives to find my pics from when we went and sure enough.. it was 2009.   what a great place to go find treasures!  Jennifer and I are driving down and bloggy friend Marlene is meeting us there from NJ and we'll all be staying with my friend Kelly.  (who I also met on line years ago!)  
When I think back to going to the fair in 2009,  I think of everyones dear friend Elizabeth, from creative breathing!  I so miss her cheerful fun blog and her sweet sweet spirit!  anyways, I was so very lucky to be able to meet up with her while we were there.  a true highlight of that trip!  
sooo, I suppose I should get ready for work..   
I so wish I was a rich princess so I could just stay home and play...................
toodles friends!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

whats the buzz?

uhg!  We dont really use our upstairs except for storage and I have kicked around the idea of putting my craft room up there, so I only go up there once a week or so.  I was just up there a week ago and there was nothing there, then I went up on sunday late afternoon and discovered freaken bees....
lots of them.  and lots of them dead on the floor in front of the window.  At first I couldnt tell what they were and was horrified because I thought it was rat droppings and was panicked at the thought of that!  Then upon closer inspection...  freaken bees.  I had gone up there bare foot and figgy and frannie had followed me up there so I had to quickly grab them and get out of there. thankfully I did not get stung.  
so with yesterday being a holiday and having the kids over,   we didnt really have time to investigate too closely, but I did figure out where they are going in and I could see, from outside, a dozen or so between the curtain and the window.  Not thrilled to say the least.  Tonys allergic to them, so is robert.  and I HATE them. 
so this morning I will make two phone calls one to an exterminator and one to a bee keeper and who ever can get rid of them fastest and cheapest and forever is the winner...  NOt thrilled that Im going to have to spend money on this.   Im going to Ohio to the country living fair in two weeks and had saved some money for that... guess what Im going to have to use to get rid of the freaken bees.. 
But, I need to get upstairs to my halloween bins!  Its almost time to get them out.. and this is going to keep me from going up there again.   Im not going up there until someone tells me they are totally dead or gone.
I know that the bee population is an issue for us all right now.. and I dont want to kill them.. (well, honestly I DO want to kill them..)  so I will check into a beekeeper.  thats all I can say.  I will check into it. no promises for anything further then that. 

Okeedokie...  thats all folks... Im out of here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

first things first!  look what came in my mail this week!  This awesome mary englebriet beach themed mug!   Sent from a dear bloggy pal,  Sandy McClay!  Thank you so much Sandy, soooo sweet of you to think of me!!! And such a perfect mug!  I love it!
Can you believe that it is labor day weekend already?  The unofficial end of summer..  boohoo!   Im not ready to say good bye yet.  Im not ready to pack up all my beachy stuff..  or to clean all the beach chairs, umbrellas, toys, towels and sand out of the trunk of my car!  there is a lot of sand in my trunk.  Even though this summer hasnt had the bestest weather, I feel totally content with the number of days Ive gotten to the beach.  And, even though its labor day weekend, Im pretty sure there will be a couple more beach appropriate days!    even in cooler weather.. a sweatshirt on the beach is still ok with me!  

Yesterday I had Torry all day while his mommy and daddy were at work.  So we packed up and headed to the beach at 11:00 am and stayed there til after 5:00!    We met a dear family friend and her 5 little red heads there. The cutest and most well behaved kids ever!  A last minute plan, which could not have turned out any more perfectly.

Jeanna (with me above) pretty much grew up at our house, she was my daughter Jen's best friend all through middle and highschool.  someone Ive always loved dearly, just like one of my own.  And now, I seriously love her bunch!   its like red head heaven!  

And, Torry had THE NEST TIME EVER!  He laughed and played and was so happy and I bet he slept like a rock last night! lol!  5 or 6 hours of playing and running on the beach has got to be pretty tiring!  And not a single fight, or disagreement between any of them.  They even played with other kids on the beach.  It really was a perfect day.

And so today.. its going to be another nice day.  Supposed to be muggy and hot later.  Im going to have little Violet pie all day and into the evening.   Ha!  I'm the one who will be the exhausted one tonight! lol!  I will probably take her shopping for a while today.  Maybe we'll go for a ride and stop to see Marla and Lilli!   We'll see.  

I did manage to make another little halloween friend this past week.  I have so many things in my head...dying to get out!  but.. I really need to start on those two big bear orders.  probably tomorrow since its supposed to rain.  ONce I get them all cut out.. Im good to go!  
As for Labor day.  Im about to make some phone calls this morning to check with all my kiddos to see if they are game for a lake picnic! (of course!)  I do think everyone is off that day.  Okeedokie.. I think thats all for now my friends.   
I know.. I write long boring posts..   but Im so glad you all come and read them anyways!  love to all my bloggy friends!